21 April 2017

Pond Study

We have begun a study of ponds and pond life.  We have discovered many plants and animals that live in and around a pond.  Students have been working hard on creating a class information chart about ponds and frogs.  This chart is called a RAN chart which stands for Reading and Analyzing Nonfiction.  The headings include:  what we think we know about ponds, misconceptions, new learning, questions, and evidence.

We have listed facts we think we know about ponds and frogs and read lots of fact books about ponds.  At this point in the year students are able to do their own reading and research!   It is exciting for them to be able to use their reading skills to add to our fact chart or to put items we thought were facts into the "misconceptions" column of our chart.  We read fact books, looked at information online, watch videos and read magazines to discover new facts about ponds and pond life.

Students were also able to create a watercolor pond picture.  Using construction paper they added plants and animals to their pond.  Each student wrote and illustrated their own Around The Pond book based on a book by Lindsay Barrett George.  This book was a clue book in which students wrote 2-3 clues about their pond animal and then wrote and drew the animal on the next page.


14 April 2017

Worms!

This past week we have been scientists again and learning all about worms!  We started our study by observing the with magnifying glasses so we could discover all of the tiny details.  We found out that worms can be slightly different colors and have a ring around their body that is a different color than the rest of its body.  We also noticed that the worm has lots of lines on its body and we read in books that those lines are called segments.  In our own books we illustrated and labeled the worms we observed. 

We were also able to conduct several experiments with our worms.  We discovered if worms prefer light or dark spaces and also what they do when the feel vibrations -- we already learned that they have no eyes or ears, just a mouth!  Another experiment we conducted was observing the worms when they were on a rough or smooth surface and how they reacted.  We learned that worms are very helpful to plants and gardeners because they put air in the soil by digging holes and they turn the dirt over to make it healthier.
This week we continued working on handwriting of the capital letters and reviewing handwriting of numbers 0-20.  Please continue to watch your child as he/she writes letters/numbers at home to ensure correct formation.  Also, continue to work on simple addition and subtraction problems with your child.  As you work together alternate or vary the types of problems so that your child does not get in the habit of doing all the problems the same way and not listen to specifically what the problem is asking.  Continue to work on the last core card skills for the year specifically the sight words and word family words.  These really help children as they are progressing in their reading.

Reminders:
April 29th - Sierra Bonita Elementary FUN RUN 9am
April 27th - Field Trip to Diamond Fork
May 12th - Kindergarten Field Day
May 19th - Last day of kindergarten (regular class will be held on this day)

30 March 2017

Spring Break

Spring Break is coming up April 3-7th.  See you back at school on Monday, April 10th.

24 March 2017

Agriculture In The Classroom

This week we have been learning about how important agriculture is to us.  We came to know that all of our needs can be met by agriculture.  Farmers of all kinds provide us with food, clothing and shelter.  We read many books such as, How Did That Get In My Lunchbox and From Sheep To Sweater to learn where our food and clothes come from.

At the end of the week we were able to participate in ag in the classroom day.  We saw a calf and baby chicks.  Farmers told us how they take care of the animals and all the ways we can use the animals to help us.  We also made our own living necklace!  Our necklace will sprout and grow into our very own plant.  Bees are also contribute a lot to our needs.  They provide not only honey but help to pollinate many plants which grow into the many crops we need for food.  It was a fun and exciting day!

21 March 2017

Poets

We have become poets!  During our writing time we have been learning about and creating our own poetry.  We learned that poets look at things differently and use their imaginations as they think about ordinary objects.  We have written several different types of poems which include:  color poems, free verse poems, all about poems, acrostic poems and five senses poems.  Students have done an amazing job writing poems.

In math we have been working on talking about the way we solve problems and the different strategies used to get the answer to the same problem.  Students are able to listen to story problems and determine if the problem is a joining (addition) or separating (subtraction) problem and use manipulatives to discover an answer.  Keep working with students with these type of problems at home.  Also, have them practice recording the problem after they have completed discussing how they figured out the answer.


REMINDER:  Spring Break will be April 3-7 - no school

17 March 2017

Reading Activities

Activities to assist with Reading Development

  • To help children recognize words, label common objects around the house.
  • Play word games, e.g. can you think of 5 words beginning with "s". (Use the sound not the name of the letter). These games can be played in the car, the supermarket etc. so that the foundations for reading are being constantly set.
  • Play ‘odd one out games’. For example, which word is the odd one in a list like cat, mat, dog, sat?
  • Allow your child to re-read favorite and familiar stories, or to hear you re-read them. Knowing a familiar book will help them notice more about the words on the page and they will start to recognize the patterns in new words and stories.
  • Listen to stories learned by heart and encourage your child to re-tell them in their own words, or even act them out.
  • Play ‘I-spy’. It is a great way of showing that every word begins with a letter.
  • Help with long words by clapping along together or counting out the different syllables of the word (for example, hos-pit-al has three claps; cat-er-pill-ar has four). Write out long words and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Get your child to put the pieces back together the right way round.
  • Write words in a sand tray.
  • Singing - rhymes help children see how letters make the same pattern in different words.
  • For reluctant readers, read a variety of materials, such as comics, graphic novels, joke books, non-fiction books, the important thing is to adapt the reading material to the child's particular interests.
  • Play games like “I went to market” with rhyming words. “I went to market and I bought a bat, cat, mat, hat.” Or letters in alphabetical order “I went to market and I bought an apple, ball, car, dog, egg, fish, etc
  • Play snap or memory with words.
  • Play bingo with words from a familiar book.
  • Reading isn't just about books. Read anything and everything around you. Children just learning to recognize their letters can spot familiar ones on number plates, packaging, posters etc. Start with the child’s own name and in particular the first letter. Look for this letter in other places.
  • Use playdough to make words.
  • Use magnetic letters to create words.
  • Visit the school library with your child.

15 March 2017

No School

Reminder:

There will be no school for all students on Friday, March 17th.